Looking southwest along the eruption fissure. When the eruption started in June 1783, lava poured from the craters you can now see in the picture - a distance of about 11 kilometres. The craters are very varied in appearance and type. Some erupted lava with lava fountain activity, while others were more explosive. In a few there are small lakes today, formed as the ground water level reaches the surface. Choose the show me button to see where the crater row is.